Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Event I Wish I Was There For...

So this past Sunday was a big, big, awesome deal. A moment waited for and prayed for and about that was years in the making. What's that? You don't really follow events in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) or issues regarding gay partnered clergy? That's ok, I'll tell you about it!

So, for a while 'teh gays' have been allowed to serve as ordained ministers in the ELCA, but only if they were celibate. Some were and not and actually were removed from the roster. (The roster is a list of all ordained people in the denomination, they can be called by a church, preside over a worship service, etc., etc.) Others were just never allowed on the roster. So after a monumental vote now GLBT folks who are in long-term, monogamous, committed relationships can be called and ordained. Important side note here: It is still the church calling their pastor. If they don't want to call someone who happens to be gay they don't have to.

Anyway, it's been all over the news. The New York Times did a story on it. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/us/26lutheran.html?_r=1 The Washington Post did a story on it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/24/AR2010072402243.html And they had this amazing service to welcome and receive/reinstate seven of these folks in the San Francisco area. For the video portion of todays post I am thrilled to bring you the sermon from the event, preached by Denver's own Nadia Bolz-Weber, from House for All Sinners and Saints. I know it's in three parts. They are short, don't worry about it. Plus, on a really cool side note, she lays out so eloquently what I love about... well... all of it. Enjoy! :)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Thanks to Megan Rohrer for posting the videos!

and oh yeah, if you want to see the official site of this event HERE it is

Friday, July 16, 2010

Have You Laughed Out Loud Today?

If not, this should help.

The things that I find for your random enjoyment. Really. What? I work hard at it! All for you. :) Also, I highly recommend watching the full show, find it on Hulu.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

You! Back to Work!

Went back to work last week. After finally being released from physical therapy and by the surgeon. On the plus side the whole process of surgery and recovery only took four months instead of the six originally anticipated. Still, four months of not working is quite a bit, especially when the workplace is pretty physical. So the shoulder is holding up well, I still baby it a little bit, but that's ok, we'll get there. I'm very fortunate that my schedule is set up the way it is, I only work three days in a row maximum, and that's perfect because I need rest on that fourth day!

Here's another fun video for you: